As I've mentioned a time or 12, the addition of wi-fi to the ballroom has massively changed the way the tour operates. Not only are half the people in the room too preoccupied with their blogs and Twitter feeds to pay attention to the panel (though at least they're in the room, which they wouldn't be otherwise), but the ones who are paying attention now have the ability to fact check every statement the panelists utter.
So when a castmember on BET's new reality series "Harlem Heights" tried to play coy about her celebrity ex-boyfriend, she had to deal with a roomful of people armed with web browsers.
"Harlem Heights" chronicles the attempts of a group of young black professionals to make it big in New York City. Among the cast is Brooke Crittendon (she's second from the left in that photo), who works at MTV and explained part of the reason she appeared on the show is her ex.
"I was involved with a very famous rapper for a number of years," she said. "And I worked in the news and documentary department (at MTV). So a lot of our pop news involved myself. But because I sort of played the background to the person that I was dating, I had to go through people saying things about me or just sort of assuming who I was... I just was like, “I just want to let people know what I really am and what I really do. I’m not just this person’s girlfriend.”
A reporter (who doesn't watch much MTV, apparently) asked the natural follow-up: who's the famous rapper?
"Part of my personal journey beyond actually wrapping the show is to not mention that person," she replied, "because if I’m trying to get from under the shadow of being that
person’s girlfriend, I feel like to constantly drop their name and that association is sort of saying, “Hey, I don’t want you to think I’m just that, but I did used to date this really cool person.” You know what I mean?"
While one reporter then asked the show's producers what sort of fireworks we'd see among the castmembers, another reporter was busying using Firefox (or maybe Safari) to look up Crittendon. As the producer tried to answer the fireworks question, reporter number two grabbed a microphone and blurted out, "KANYE WEST."
"I guess that's our fireworks," cracked producer Kurt Williamson.